Young takes blame for win­ning score

Rookie CB col­lides with Wed­dle, leav­ing Gi­ants’ Beck­ham open for TD

Baltimore Sun - - RAVENS INSIDER - By Jeff Zre­biec jeff.zre­biec@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/jef­fzre­biec­sun ed­ward.lee@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/Ed­wardLeeSun

EAST RUTHER­FORD, N.J. — Ravens rookie cor­ner­back Tavon Young knew his re­spon­si­bil­ity on the play. Matched up with New York Gi­ants star wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. on the out­side, Young couldn’t let Beck­ham get in­side him, where he had no help in the mid­dle of the field.

Things went bad for Young al­most im­me­di­ately. Beck­ham shrugged off his jam at­tempt just past the line of scrim­mage and got in­side po­si­tion­ing. As Young tried to get in front of Beck­ham, he ran into safety Eric Wed­dle, leav­ing the cor­ner­back on the ground and Beck­ham all alone. That was all Gi­ants quar­ter­back Eli Man­ning needed.

Beck­ham’s 66-yard touch­down re­cep­tion on fourth-and-1 with just 1:24 re­main­ing pro­vided the win­ning points for the Gi­ants in a 27-23 vic­tory, and was em­blem­atic of the Ravens sec­ondary’s woes af­ter top cor­ner­back Jimmy Smith suf­fered a con­cus­sion in the sec­ond quar­ter.

“I’ll take the blame for it,” said Young, a fourth-round draft pick who also was beaten on Roger Lewis Jr.’s 24-yard touch­down catch late in the sec­ond quar­ter. “I’ve got to make the play, make more plays.”

Young had an in­ter­cep­tion, his sec­ond of the sea­son, but that hardly eased the sting of Beck­ham’s big play late in the game. Adding in­jury to in­sult, Young also got banged up on the play when he was clipped by Wed­dle, who was run­ning out to the flat to pro­vide cover on Gi­ants tight end Larry Don­nell.

“We were in man. We had low-hole help, post help. It’s just a sim­ple com­bi­na­tion,” Wed­dle said. “The tight end goes to the flat, I got over the top. [Young] was be­hind a lit­tle bit. I clipped him. In that sit­u­a­tion, you shouldn’t be get­ting in­side. One of those out­side re­ceivers should be in­side. But hey, Odell made some amaz­ing plays out there. You have to credit him.”

The Ravens held Beck­ham to just two catches for 11 yards in the first half, but that was largely with Smith and No. 3 cor­ner Jer­raud Pow­ers on the field. Nei­ther re­turned af­ter half­time, forc­ing the Ravens to rely on re­serve corners Sha­reece Wright, Will Davis and Young.

Beck­ham ex­ploded in the sec­ond half, Wide re­ceiver Odell Beck­ham Jr. scores on a 66-yard re­cep­tion late in the fourth quar­ter of Sun­day’s game to give the Gi­ants the lead. Ravens rookie cor­ner­back Tavon Young col­lided with safety Eric Wed­dle on the play and said af­ter­ward, “I’ll take the blame for it.” with six catches for 211 yards and two touch­downs. On his first score, Beck­ham beat Davis with a dou­ble move and out­raced Wed­dle to the end zone for a 75-yard score.

The Ravens over­came that touch­down and even led 23-20 with just more than two min­utes to play af­ter Ter­rance West’s sec­ond touch­down run. But they could not an­swer Beck­ham’s sec­ond touch­down.

Af­ter Young and Wed­dle were taken out of the play, safety Lar­dar­ius Webb didn’t take a good angle on Beck­ham, and three Ravens fu­tilely chased the Gi­ants re­ceiver, who was un­touched on the play.

“We have guys who are fully ca­pable of cov­er­ing guys out there,” Ravens coach John Har­baugh said. “We’ve done it all year. But we don’t have our eyes in the right spot all the time. So I want dis­ci­plined guys back there, and those are the guys that are go­ing to play go­ing for­ward.”

Beck­ham said the touch­down was the re­sult of an au­di­ble by Man­ning.

“He had a play on and saw some dif­fer­ent cov­er­ages that you can’t mess with,” Beck­ham said. “He changed the play and put me in a per­fect po­si­tion to run a slant. I catch it and see one safety angling to the right. I know that for some­one to be able to open their hips and run at the same time to run me down, they’re go­ing to be very fast. I went left, and it all worked out.”

Be­fore Sun­day, Young had been one of the team’s stand­outs for his abil­ity to match up in the slot and con­trib­ute on de­fense and spe­cial teams. But he fal­tered Sun­day when the Ravens needed one more de­fen­sive play to pre­serve a vic­tory.

“It’s just tech­nique. I guess my tech­nique wasn’t good enough on that play, so I’ve just got to im­prove next week. We’re com­ing back next week, and I’m go­ing to come back harder,” Young said. “You’ve got to move on. Next man up. You’ve got to have that mind­set. Be a dog. That’s what it’s got to be.”

“I guess my tech­nique wasn’t good enough on that play, so I’ve just got to im­prove next week. We’re com­ing back next week, and I’m go­ing to come back harder.” Tavon Young

Of­fense shows big-play abil­ity: An of­fense that switched of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tors from Marc Trest­man to Marty Morn­hin­weg of­fered a brief glim­mer of what it can do. The team recorded four plays of at least 20 yards (and two more big gains on penal­ties) af­ter hav­ing just 11 in the first five games. The Ravens also dou­bled their pre­vi­ous to­tal of two plays of at least 40 yards.

Three of those big gains were through the air. Quar­ter­back Joe Flacco’s 70-yard pass to wide re­ceiver MikeWal­lace was the Ravens’ long­est of the sea­son. Flacco found wide re­ceiver Bre­shad Per­ri­man for 41 yards, which led to a 23-yard field goal by Justin Tucker to open the scor­ing. And wide re­ceiver Ka­mar Aiken com­pleted a 22-yard play that con­trib­uted to run­ning back Ter­rance West’s sec­ond touch­down in the fourth quar­ter.

Even when some of the down­field passes fell in­com­plete, the of­fense made gains. Gi­ants cor­ner­back Trevin Wade was flagged for a 42-yard pass-in­ter­fer­ence penalty on Wal­lace, and cor­ner­back Do­minique Rodgers-Cro­mar­tie was cited for a 30-yard pass-in­ter­fer­ence call on Per­ri­man.

The deep shots were mu­sic to the ears of the wide re­ceivers.

“It was a great job,” said Wal­lace, who fin­ished with four catches for 97 yards. “We had two com­ple­tions —[the] Ka­mar one was a big fourth down. I got a penalty, Bre­shad got a penalty. That’s four big plays on ver­ti­cal passes. We have guys that can con­nect on those as well. That’s the type of team we have. We have those types of guys.” West frus­trated about TD that wasn’t: West had a pro­duc­tive day with 23 car­ries for 87 yards and two touch­downs. But it was a touch­down he failed to con­vert that haunted the run­ning back.

With Ravens trail­ing 17-13 late in the third quar­ter, they went to West (Tow­son Univer­sity, North­west­ern High) on third-and-goal from the 1-yard line and again on fourth down. New York stopped West both times.

West re­fused to blame the block­ing or any­one else for his in­abil­ity to get into the end zone. “I’ve got to get it in there,” he said. “That’s me.”

On fourth down, West took a pitch and fol­lowed full­back Kyle Juszczyk off the left end. But out­side line­backer Jonathan Casil­las shrugged off Juszczyk’s block and pushed West out of bounds at the 2-yard line to turn over pos­ses­sion to the Gi­ants.

“The­p­lay was de­signed to go to the py­lon,” West said. “I wish I could get that one back, put my foot in the ground and go get it.” End zone: With in­ter­cep­tions by cor­ner­backs Will Davis and Young, the Ravens have picked off eight passes. Last sea­son, the de­fense had just six. … The team played with­out five play­ers who have com­bined for 20 ca­reer Pro Bowl ap­pear­ances: Dumervil (five times), Steve Smith Sr. (five), Yanda (five), Hester (four) and Mosley (one). … Rookie de­fen­sive tackle Wil­lie Henry was de­ac­ti­vated for the sixth straight game. … Tight end Crock­ett Gill­more, punter Sam Koch, in­side line­backer Zachary Orr and nose tackle Bran­don Wil­liams rep­re­sented the Ravens for the coin toss.

LLOYD FOX/BAL­TI­MORE SUN

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